Join us on the green for the annual WCDS Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the event benefit the Leonard Cowherd Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of 2Lt. Leonard M. Cowherd III, a 1999 graduate of Wakefield Country Day School who went on to West Point and honorably served his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- Registration begins at 12:00pm.
- Tee Time: 1:00pm
- Classic Cookout: 5:00-9:00pm
- Individual Golfer: $75
- Team of 4*: $300
- Hole Sponsor*: $100
Entry fees include green fee & cart use, beverages during play, and a Classic Cookout dinner following the end of the tournament.
*includes a printed sign at a hole
Cost for dinner is $15/person for non-players.
Vested: It’s not what you wear; it’s what you own
It’s a term thrown around a lot, and it sounds important: vesting. As in, being fully vested — that sounds pretty good and it is.
According to the IRS, being vested in a retirement plan means ownership. All employee contributions to a retirement plan are 100% fully vested — the employee owns everything he or she puts in.
However, employers usually provide a match of a certain percentage of employee contributions.
That equals a 9% contribution — still pretty good, especially over the long term.
They key idea, though, is that the employer sets a certain match percentage. The employer may also have rules about when their contributions are fully owned (or vested) by the employee.
The employer, along with the fund managers, decides how much of the match the employee owns and when.
Newer employees may start out at lower percentages, but they become fully vested in time.
For example, an employee may become 20% vested in the company match after two years, meaning the employee owns their personal contributions plus 20% of the company match. Many 401(k) plans work out vesting in tiers. The longer you stay with the company, the more of the company contribution you own. An employee might become fully vested in, for example, six years. Then the employee owns 100% of the matching contribution.
Sometimes 401(k)s are set up so that an employee becomes 100% vested at a specific time — say after 2 years. Then they own all the matching funds on one day.
Being fully vested
The good thing about being fully vested is that you own all the money you put in and all the money your boss matches. (Plus, you own all the money that grows over time.) That means you can take the money with you if leave the company or retire.
Naloxone: the opioid overdose drug
Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It works by binding to opioid receptors in the nervous system to prevent other drugs from attaching to them and thereby flooding the brain with dopamine.
When correctly administered, naloxone will restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped after overdosing on heroin or prescription opioids.
Naloxone can be given through either an injection or a nasal spray. Although injecting naloxone liquid requires professional training, the brand of naloxone called EVZIO is available as a prefilled auto-injection device that makes it easy for family members, friends and emergency personnel to inject naloxone quickly into the outer thigh of the person overdosing.
The potentially life-saving drug is also available as the pre-packaged nasal spray, NARCAN, a pre-filled device that requires no assembly. It’s administered by spraying it into one nostril while the patient lies on their back. If you suspect someone has overdosed, call 911 for emergency services and immediately administer the naloxone.
Given the current , it’s important to inform yourself about how to procure and administer naloxone. If you know someone who is at risk of overdosing, you may be able to obtain a naloxone kit to have on hand in case of an emergency.
In some states, you’ll need to get a prescription from your doctor to obtain naloxone. In other states, pharmacies are allowed to distribute naloxone without requiring a prescription. Check your local laws to find out more about getting naloxone in your area.
And you thought kale was new
Author Adrian Miller, who wrote the authoritative book on soul food, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time,” made an intriguing comment several years ago.
Miller was describing a typical soul food meal, which includes smothered or fried chicken, some kind of pork and some type of fish, and side dishes that include greens like cabbage, collards, mustard, turnip, and kale.
Yep – kale.
“For all you people who’ve discovered kale in the last five to 10 years, welcome to the party,” Miller quipped in an interview with Epicurious Magazine. “We’ve been eating it for about 300.”
National Soul Food Month is celebrated in June, and if you’re eating kale, you’re partly there. Other traditional foods include candied yams, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, and banana pudding.
This marks the 18th year of the celebration, which arose from the “Grits and Green Conference” put on by the Culinary Historians of Chicago in 2000 and 2001.
Soul food’s origins are attributed to African-American cuisine of the south, though there’s also debate in foodie circles about where to draw the line between the definition of soul food and southern cooking. And although vegan soul food is on the rise, Miller said that it’s not an oxymoron at all, pointing out that it began with the vegetables that slaves ate; a predominant ingredient when meat was unaffordable and out of reach.
Be prepared Warren County: Once-eradicated measles shows up in Virginia
FRONT ROYAL — Virginia’s first case of measles reared its ugly head earlier this month and another possible case is under investigation, said Dr. Colin Greene, director of the Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) of the Virginia Department of Health during the June 18 Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting.
What does that mean for Warren County and the other areas served by the LFHD — which include the City of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page and Shenandoah?
It means that residents need to be prepared by getting educated, Greene said on Tuesday during a public health presentation to the board.
“This is not a kind disease,” the doctor said about measles, which was declared eradicated in 2000 in the United States. “It’s extraordinarily contagious. It makes you sick as a dog. It’s like having a case of the flu on steroids.”
Measles is caused by a virus that spreads via contact, coughing and sneezing, said Greene, who noted that the average incubation period is 10 days from the time someone is infected until symptoms appear. And the symptoms aren’t fun: a high fever that may spike to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, a cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis, and a rash that usually appears three-to-seven days into the misery, he said.
The rash is recognizable as being flat, red spots that start on a person’s face and then spreads and clears “from north to south,” the doctor said, adding that “the rash means you’re not contagious anymore.” But from four days before the rash until four days after the rash appears, you are contagious, he said, and you’ll be “miserably sick” with “significant personal discomfort.”
The first Virginia case was confirmed in early June by the state health department, which reported that an unvaccinated traveler to a measles-endemic area had returned through Dulles International Airport. A diagnosis of measles was determined within a few days of the traveler’s return, the health department said. Dr. Greene emphasized that the case did not expose the Warren County area and there could possibly be another case confirmed soon in the state. Nationally, 1,044 measles cases have been reported in the United States as of June 13, said Greene, who pointed out that in 2010 there were 68 cases total around the country.
“Why has measles returned? Because some people aren’t getting vaccinated,” Greene said. “Two MMR shots prevent measles for life.”
And, by the way, the MMR vaccine against measles does not cause autism, he added, citing a 1998 medical article connecting measles to autism that was found to be fraudulent. “But the rumor won’t die and many have chosen not to get vaccinated against measles.” “There is zero link between them,” Green said turning to face the audience.
So what should people do?
If you are already immunized, then you really don’t have to worry about getting measles, the doctor said. But ensure you are immunized, particularly if you’re a healthcare worker. If you’re not immune, he advised that you see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. If you think you already have measles, then stay at home and call your doctor. Or if you must go to the doctor’s office, urgent care or the emergency room, have someone take you there, Greene said.
“If you go to urgent care or ER, go with another person who can go in and say they have a possible measles case with them,” Greene said.
Stay away from others; get a mask if you’re around other people; and call your healthcare provider so they can prepare. Four or five people who aren’t immunized can start the spread of measles, warned Greene.
“It’s a bad disease. We got rid of it, but it’s coming back again,” he said. “The good news is that it’s not Ebola. This is not a disaster. This is something we can control.”
Call your local health department for more information at 540-635-3159.
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Warren County Board of Supervisors paves way for new fire and rescue training site
FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Board of Supervisors on June 18 ignored local citizens’ concerns about the location of a new fire and rescue training facility, voting unanimously to approve a conditional use permit to allow construction at the site located off ESA Lane in Front Royal, VA.
“I just want to reiterate that we did not take this project lightly,” Warren County Fire Marshall Gerry Maiatico told the board and attendees. “This is a vital project. We are going to strive to be good neighbors to the surrounding properties.”
The Warren County Department of Fire and Services now will establish a live fire and practical training support building at the site, which is largely surrounded by single-family homes and trees.
Blaine Keller said the parcel isn’t the proper location for such a facility, which will be a two-story building with almost 2,200-square-feet of floor space that will include two live fire burn cells, according to the Warren County Planning Commission’s staff report.
Keller said that while the fire marshal has made a good case for the location, “this isn’t the place to build it,” he said, citing the location’s agricultural zoning.
According to the Warren County Zoning Ordinance, however, public protection facilities related to fire, police and rescue departments are an allowed use by a conditional use permit in an agricultural district.
“My biggest concern is with live fires,” said resident Kathleen Wisniewski. “What’s the guarantee that a fire won’t get out of control? It’s a heavily wooded area up there.”
And what about the smoke that people might see, asked Supervisor Linda Glavis, who represents the South River District where the facility will be built.
Maiatico said the department must follow federal guidelines for training and will be limited to the specific fuels that may be used, as well as how many times the department may conduct live fire trainings and for how long.
“The nearby woodland will serve to mask the smoke and will help dissipate it,” he added.
Mary Jones, another nearby resident, said she was “upset” about the planned facility.
“This is a residential area,” Jones said. “We are people who might be impacted because of our location and nobody informed us. I know we’ll be affected by construction, but mostly I’m concerned about the traffic.”
Jones asked the supervisors to explain how many more people would be travelling the neighborhood road while Glavis also asked about current uses of ESA Lane.
Maiatico said the department would “encourage trainees to carpool in an effort to minimize the traffic, but also “mostly for comradery” among the personnel travelling to the future training facility. He said efforts to limit siren blowing also would be made “just to be courteous” to the nearby residents.
“Obviously the fire department needs a place to practice, but in this case you have to respect the citizens,” local Paul Gabbert told the supervisors. “They have to deal with the smoke and traffic … and they shouldn’t be put through something like this. You should find another place for them to do this.”
But that’s not the way the votes fell.
The supervisors agreed with Maiatico that it’s no longer feasible for the fire department, which must provide initial training and continuing education to volunteer and career first responders, to send members to a rented Shenandoah County location because it currently lacks the ability to provide live fire trainings locally.
The additional travel time to that facility for training has become problematic for the department, Maiatico said, and takes valuable personnel out of the area, decreasing the number of first responders available locally for an emergency.
Maiatico also said the location is attractive to the fire department because there’s a roadway and water and septic already in place, “which is a significant cost-savings for taxpayers.”
The fire department already utilizes three abandoned classroom trailer facilities on the site that once belonged to the former Warren County Public School Alternative Education Facility where it has offered dedicated classroom and support space for its Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Service Training and Continuing Education Center since 2016.
During a roll call, the board members each said “aye” after Supervisor Tom Sayre, vice chairman of the board, moved to approve the conditional use permit and Glavis seconded the motion.
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Governor Northam announces new international partnerships for Virginia distilleries
BERLIN—On June 19th, during a trade and marketing mission to Europe, Governor Ralph Northam announced new distribution partnerships for two Virginia craft distilleries, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and Reservoir Distillery. The Office of International Marketing at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) supported Virginia company participation at a major international trade event for the bar and spirits industry where the two Virginia producers met their new distribution partners.
“Virginia distilleries provide a growing market for our Commonwealth’s agricultural products, and we are proud to support companies like Catoctin Creek and Reservoir as they pursue export opportunities and forge important relationships around the world,” said Governor Northam. “Foreign trade and investment are key to strengthening and diversifying our economy, and these two international partnerships are a perfect example Virginia’s commitment to helping businesses of all sizes explore new sales channels and compete both at home and abroad.”
“VDACS international marketing resources both in Virginia and in representative offices around the world are designed to introduce Virginia beverage, food, agriculture, and forestry companies to profitable sales opportunities. We are so pleased to see successes like this resulting from those efforts,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring. “Catoctin Creek and Reservoir, and many of the more than 70 distilleries around the Commonwealth, source grains such as corn, rye, and wheat from local producers, making these new sales opportunities successes not only for the spirits industry but also for all of Virginia agriculture. Some of their barrels are also made with Virginia oak.”
Founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009, Catoctin Creek was the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. Catoctin Creek’s flagship product, Roundstone Rye, is a rye whiskey replicating traditional production methods and has been awarded gold medals across the globe. Catoctin Creek was first introduced to Hanseathische Weinhandelsgesellschaft Bremen (Hawe) at Bar Convent Berlin, where it participated in the “Virginia Is for Spirits Lovers”-themed booth hosted by VDACS. The VDACS European representative office identified Hawe as a potential German partner for Virginia distilleries and made the initial introduction to Catoctin Creek.
“We’d visited Germany a few times looking for the right partner in the market,” said Scott Harris, co-founder of Catoctin Creek. “The Virginia booth at Bar Convent and the effort made by the VDACS trade representative to bring prospective buyers to see us there gave us the visibility we’ve needed. We’re so excited for this opportunity with such a reputable importer of premium spirits.”
Based in Richmond, Reservoir Distillery crafts its award-winning whiskeys with Virginia grains. Its flagship wheat, rye, and bourbon whiskeys are 100 percent single-grain and bottled at 100 proof. Reservoir Distillery also met its new distribution partner in Germany, Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, at Bar Convent Berlin.
“We have taken advantage of every opportunity VDACS has offered to expose us to international buyers and markets and are thankful Virginia has such valuable resources to assist small companies like ours with our export efforts,” said Dave Cuttino, co-founder and general manager of Reservoir. “We are excited to continue growing our brand in Europe.”
In 2018, Virginia exported $1.5 million in spirits to foreign markets, an increase of more than 13 percent over 2017. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States reports that distilled spirits exports grew more than 14 percent from 2014 to 2018.